Best toys for 3-year-olds

The best toys for 3 year olds based on developmental milestones

Imagination and pretend play really comes to the fore for three-year-olds, so they will love playsets with animals and characters (from farm sets to princess castles) as well as pretend tools, doctor’s kits and lots of other accessories to enhance their make-believe games.

Check out our favourite toys for 3 year olds, based on what they’re doing, loving and learning at this stage in their development.

  • Painting And Drawing
  • Riding And Pedalling
  • Laughing At Silly Jokes
  • Playing Co-Operatively (Sometimes!)
  • Playing Make-Believe
  • Dancing
  • Dressing Up
  • Playing Ball Games
  • Talking (A Lot)
  • Asking ‘Why?’

  • Imaginative Play Sets
  • Basic Matching Games
  • Duplo
  • Tea Set
  • Play Food
  • Doctors Kits
  • Craft Supplies
  • Swing Set
  • Toy Tools
  • Bubble Machine

18 gifts and toys for 3 year olds

Here are our top gifts and toys for 3-year-old boys and girls.

A home of their own

Cubby house, My Cubby

My Cubby Duplex Cubby House ($1695)

A backyard delight, the layout of this clever design can be changed around to suit your backyard and kids. Complete with a cubby house, handles, stairs and balustrades, add slides and accessories for a bespoke finish.


Take a sweet seat

Best Gifts and Toys for 3 Year Olds: Tender Leaf Toys Forest Table & Chairs Set

Tender Leaf Toys Forest Table & Chairs Set ($199.95)

With its adorable bear and bunny character seats and talented table with a hidden compartment for storing treasures, this set is the ultimate set-up for three-year-olds itching to craft and create. We love the chalkboard central panel for extended play.


Up, up and away

Best Gifts and Toys for 3 Year Olds: Windy Hill Adventures Airplane Swing

Windy Hill Adventures Airplane Swing ($304.95)

Take off on a handmade Airplane Swing lovingly crafted in Australia. A quality, unique outdoor swing made from top-quality timber with a flight path completely controlled by the young pilot – swing high or swing low, the choice is theirs.


Everything in its place

Best Gifts and Toys for 3 Year Olds: Buttonworks Square Animal Puzzle

Buttonworks Square Animal Puzzle ($34.95)

A timber teaser with 10 tricky Australian animals to pop in their rightful place. Each square critter is crafted from a different type of timber, so just like their real thing, each is unique!


Sleep tight

Best Gifts and Toys for 5 Year Olds: Little Belle Night Lights

Little Belle Night Lights (from $139.95)

These comforting handmade night lights make stunning decorative pieces, and they couldn’t be more perfect for adding a touch of magic to kids’ rooms. Choose from mushrooms, toadstools, Elfin and fairy houses in pastel shades.


Instant cubby

Best Gifts and Toys for 3 Year Olds: Petite Maison Play Tablecloth Playhouse

Petite Maison Play Tablecloth Playhouse ($211.95)

Drape the beautifully detailed Petite Maison Play Tablecloth over the dining table and it’s instantly transformed into a world of pretend play. With ties to hold it in place and sweet details like windows and doors, these indoor cloth cubbies are designed in Australia.


Sleepy adventures

Best Gifts and Toys for 3 Year Olds: Linen House Woodlandia Quilt Cover Set

Linen House Woodlandia Quilt Cover Set ($109.95)

Make bedtime beautiful with a special quilt cover for their big kid bed. Sleepy adventures await snuggled under a cotton cover with hand-painted designs that have co-ordinating patterns and designs on the reverse.


Flexible fun

Best Gifts and Toys for 3 Year Olds: Yogi FUN Kids Yoga Cards

Yogi FUN Kids Yoga Cards (from $25)

A joy-filled way to encourage self-confidence, focus and flexibility in a calm and relaxed way, these 40 beautifully illustrated cards have rhyming instructions to help young yogis tap into their emotions and physical skills. Namaste.


Babushka birdies

Best Gifts and Toys for 3 Year Olds: Marmalade Lion Australia Birds Nesting Dolls

Marmalade Lion Australia Birds Nesting Dolls ($59)

Just as pretty atop the shelf as they are in the curious hands of a three-year-old, these exquisitely hand-illustrated Australian birds nest one into the other, from the largest cockatoo to the smallest little penguin. How ‘tweet’!


Open wide

Best Gifts and Toys for 3 Year Olds: Make Me Iconic Dentist Kit

Make Me Iconic Wooden Dentist Kit ($64.99)

A role-play delight, this dentist kit is bursting with dental tools including forceps and x-rays and even a mouth model complete with teeth that can be pulled out. Perfect for promoting healthy habits, and gently soothing a fear of the dentist.


A balancing act

Best Toys for 3 Year Olds: Kinderfeets Kinderboard

Kinderfeets Kinderboard ($169.95)

Rock, balance, step, flip and hide – the play possibilities of the multi-use balance board are endless. Made from 100% beechwood, it’s sturdy and strong enough to withstand hours of fun. We love that the only limit with this toy is your three year old’s imagination.


Colour in the tub

Best Toys for 3 Year Olds: Honeysticks Beeswax Bath Crayone

Honeysticks Beeswax Bath Crayons ($20.95)

Bathing isn’t boring when there are bath crayons to play with. Draw on the tiles and sketch in the shower, then simply rinse off the doodles when they’re done.


Mechanic at play

Best Toys for 3 Year Olds: Battat Take-Apart Airplane

Battat Take-Apart Airplane ($59.05)

Drill the propeller into place and screw the wheels on nice and tight. This adorable set features wheels, wings and screws for mini pilots to play with. And when the flying fun is over, set the drill into reverse and do it all again!


Doorway delight

Best Gifts and Toys for 3 Year Olds: Mimiki Puppet Doorway Theatre Set

Mimiki Puppet Doorway Theatre Set (from $377 +shipping)

Bring stories to life with their very own theatre set that easily fits into a doorway using the adjustable aluminium bar. Complete with handmade puppets, this heirloom piece looks just as magnificent as room decor when not in use.


Easy as ABC

Best Gifts and Toys for 3 Year Olds: Janod Alphabet Magneticbook

Janod Alphabet Magneticbook ($38.95)

Help young learners grasp their ABCs with a magnetic educational pack and play game, which includes 26 illustrated magnets and 104 letter magnets. Simply pop an illustration magnet onto the board, and spell out the word using the letters.


All aboard

Best Gifts and Toys for 3 Year Olds: Connectix 24 Piece Car Pack

Connectix 24 Piece Car Pack ($64.95)

It’s never too early to ignite their interest in STEM learning, and Connetix Tiles are designed to kick their imaginations into top gear. The magnetic tiles help with cognitive development, spatial awareness and hand-eye co-ordination as well as fine and gross motor skills.


All the feels

Best Gifts and Toys for 3 Year Olds: Tender Leaf Toys What’s Up Bag

Tender Leaf Toys What’s Up Bag ($49.95)

Help your threenager express their feelings using the What’s Up face, complete with various eyes, mouths and eyebrows. Little people can create their big feelings with the 32 pieces, that come in their own drawstring bag.


What’s up Doc?

Best Gifts and Toys for 3 Year Olds: Twenty-Seven Personalised Wooden Vet Set

Twenty-Seven Personalised Wooden Vet Set ($106)

Pint-sized animal lovers get their very own vet set, complete with their name and everything to treat their furry friends. The set includes a thermometer, x-rays, bandage, collar, syringe, vaccine bottle and stethoscope.


Jazz up Jemima

Best Gifts and Toys for 3 Year Olds: Discoveroo Dress Up Jemima Puzzle

Discoveroo Dress Up Jemima Puzzle ($19.95)

Featuring Play School’s much-loved Jemima, this puzzle help tots learn logic and sequence, by layering one Jemima with four different outfits. A bit more challenging than a single layer puzzle, but just as fun.


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